Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 20

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 20

E3 week is also the 20th edition of our Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back through the years at the video game anniversaries we celebrate. So, what came out this week in Nintendo history? June 11 – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is released in North America. On June 11, 2001, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon came out in North America. Why June 11, just under three months after its Japanese release? Because in all regions, Circle of the Moon was a Game Boy Advance launch title, releasing on the same day as the GBA in each respective region. Circle of the Moon was a popular game among fans, but in 2002, it was removed from the official Castlevania timeline to be considered a... »

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Episode 02 – Presto! It’s Penzo. [Nintendo 3DS]

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – Episode 02 – Presto! It’s Penzo. [Nintendo 3DS]

Product Provided by Nintendo! Nintendo offered either the Nintendo Switch version or the Nintendo 3DS version, I opted for the 3DS one… so enjoy! Learn the Way of Sushido Help Musashi end the Empire’s tyrannical monopoly of the world’s sushi supply by becoming a Sushi Striker! Devour conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and sushi types to defeat any enemy or boss who stands between you and victory. Befriend Sushi Sprites and use their powerful skills in battle. Deliciously strategic action-RPG-puzzle battles await!   »

June 10 – June 16: Nintendo News Bytes E3 Edition

June 10 – June 16: Nintendo News Bytes E3 Edition

It’s the week of E3 2018 and everyone is waiting to see what Nintendo announces! Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo at E3 Marvelous announced a mech game called Daemon x Machina, to launch in 2019. Super Mario Party will be out on October 5 and Fire Emblem: Three Houses has been officially unveiled for spring 2019. Overcooked! 2 was announced for all major platforms. An eight-player action platformer called Killer Queen Black is coming to the Switch and PC in the first quarter of 2019. Fortnite is available now for the Switch, as is Hollow Knight. Dragon Ball FighterZ is also coming to the Switch. The Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 19

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 19

Welcome once again to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this week in Nintendo history and discuss some of the current video game anniversaries. Quite a few games came out this week over the years, so let’s take a look at a few… June 5 – EarthBound comes to North America. Mother 2 came to North America under the title EarthBound on June 5, 1995. Although it didn’t sell well at the time and saw a mixed critical reception, it become a cult classic in later years. Now EarthBound is highly praised, and fans are still waiting for its sequel to come west… June 6 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is released. The Legend of Zelda se... »

The Best and Worst of the Mario Tennis Series

The Best and Worst of the Mario Tennis Series

Mario Tennis Aces is due out on June 22 for the Nintendo Switch, and it will be the seventh game in the Mario Tennis series. But not all games in this series have been received equally. Some are beloved by fans… and others are better left forgotten. Let’s take a look through the the series’ history and see how these games stack up. 1995 – Mario’s Tennis The Virtual Boy isn’t exactly a system most people associate with fantastic gaming, but Mario’s Tennis can’t be considered one of the worst in the series. Not only did it start the tradition of Mario sports games, but it’s also considered to be one of the earliest successful tennis video g... »

June 3 – June 9: Nintendo News Bytes

June 3 – June 9: Nintendo News Bytes

It’s the week leading up to E3, and everyone is waiting to see what Nintendo will announce. In the meantime, here are this week’s announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Marketing materials have confirmed NBA 2K19 for the Switch. In an interview with Game Informer, the Octopath Traveler producer said their division will focus on original titles for the Switch if Octopath Traveler does well. The Kickstarter-funded action RPG Wild Mage: Phantom Twilight will come to consoles, including the Switch. Mushroom Wars 2 is coming to the Switch on July 5 and a trailer is availab... »

ICEY (Review)

ICEY (Review)

After we received a review code for ICEY on the Nintendo Switch, I played through this side-scrolling action game to see what it’s all about. On the surface, ICEY is a 2D action game with light RPG elements. You’ll mix light and heavy attacks together to pull off stylish combos, along with a few other moves. Winning battles rewards you with money you can use at the many upgrade stations to power-up your skills, giving you a decent array of abilities with which to crush your robotic enemies as you fight toward your ultimate goal: defeating an enemy known as Judas. Arrows guide you through each level and the Narrator urges you onward… but if you go in a different direction an... »

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Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

After our interview with the developers of Layers of Fear: Legacy, they sent us a review code so we could experience this journey through madness. Layers of Fear puts you in the shoes of an artist who returns to his old home to complete the masterpiece he’s been attempting to paint. After a brief exploration of the house, you unveil your canvas and get to work. Simple, right? Not when reality warps the moment you leave the room, and you find yourself in another version of the house as it twists and changes around you. Layers of Fear depicts the artist’s madness through an ever-shifting environment, with imagery that is often symbolic and always surreal. These changes often come i... »

The Darkside Detective (Review)

The Darkside Detective (Review)

After our interview about The Darkside Detective, its developers sent us a review copy so we could see just what this humorous supernatural adventure game was all about. And so, I stepped into the shoes of Francis McQueen, an underpaid and undervalued detective who takes on the weird, supernatural cases that plague the city. Or, more often than not, he stumbles onto them. The Darkside Detective is split into six different cases, each of which is fairly self-contained, but only the first one has the police intentionally put the Darkside Division on the case. McQueen and his partner, Officer Dooley, are usually just in the right place at the right time – or the wrong place at the wrong t... »

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon is an unexpected blend of genres, a first-person shooter with pixel art graphics and roguelike dungeon crawling. It tosses you into a dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and challenges you to use melee weapons and ranged magic to explore each floor, defeat the boss, and proceed to the next floor without dying along the way. If you die, you’ll need to start over from the beginning with new procedurally generated environments. One More Dungeon can be brutal. If you don’t take them out quickly, enemies can quickly destroy you, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to encounter a group of them at once. Your magic attacks are quite useful, but with random i... »

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

After our interview about Battle Chef Brigade, the developers sent us a review copy so we could see just how the different elements of this genre-blending cooking game come together. Any fantasy world filled with monsters needs heroes to defeat them… and in the realm of Victusia, people realized defeated monsters shouldn’t go to waste. As a result, Victusia is home to the Battle Chef Brigade, elite warrior chefs that fight monsters and then prepare them into fantastic dishes. To enter the Battle Chef Brigade, hopeful cooks come from all around to compete in an intense cooking competition. In practice, this presents us with two very different styles of gameplay. First, you’l... »

Earth Atlantis (Review)

Earth Atlantis (Review)

After our interview about Earth Atlantis, Pixel Perfex sent us a review code of the game so we could dive into its post-apocalyptic underwater world and see what it’s all about. The game begins with a quick explanation about how the world is underwater and you must hunt down dangerous monsters, and then it sets you loose. With this premise, you might expect an open world filled with monsters for you to discover and pursue. However, Earth Atlantis is structured more like a Metroidvania, with maze-like passages, upgrades to find, and new sections that open up as you defeat monsters. Only a handful of these bosses are available at a time, so you’ll spend much of your time fighting t... »

Wulverblade (Review)

Wulverblade (Review)

After our interview with Fully Illustrated about Wulverblade for the Switch, we received a review code so that we could dive into this bloody side-scrolling beat ’em up and see just how brutal it is. Set in Roman Britain at around 120 AD, Wulverblade follows three warriors attempting to drive out the Roman forces and their allies. While the story mainly follows Caradoc, the most balanced character, you can also choose to play as his brother Brennus (higher power and lower speed) or his sister Guinevere (higher speed and lower power). Two people can also play together in co-op mode. Whatever you choose, you’ll soon find yourself hacking through enemies in a bloodbath that includes... »

Yono and the Celestial Elephants (Review)

Yono and the Celestial Elephants (Review)

After our interview with Neckbolt about Yono and the Celestial Elephants, we received a review code so we could experience Yono’s adventure. Elephants are the legendary protectors of the world, and when a young elephant named Yono arrives, he begins a journey across the land to see how he can help people the way a mighty elephant should. The story is fairly basic. You visit each of the game’s towns and solve problems for the people there, while learning more about the Humans, Bonewights, and Mekani that live in the world. It’s made more entertaining by the interesting and often amusing characters you meet in each place. Yono and the Celestial Elephants has a lot of dialogue... »

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

Wulverblade is a side scrolling beat-em-up coming soon for the Nintendo Switch, set in ancient Roman Britain. After watching the trailer for Wulverblade, we got in touch with the developers to learn more about it. Many games opt for a medieval setting, so it’s interesting to see a game like Wulverblade choose 120 AD for its setting. What inspired you to pick this historical setting and premise? Britain’s history goes back many thousands of years yet we rarely see or hear much about the times before Rome had settled here. Our ancient history has always been of interest to me and visiting stone circles and old Roman ruins had always ignited my imagination.  There are so many incredible t... »

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

When Nintendo showed off the upcoming indie games for the Nintendo Switch, we were captivated by the adorable elephant game called Yono and the Celestial Elephants. We got in touch with Niklas Hallin from Neckbolt to learn more about this game. What inspired you to create Yono and the Celestial Elephants? I have a very specific genre of games that I like, and that I have been analyzing since I was a kid. Over the years I have developed a method for thinking about puzzle design, and it was never really a question what kind of games I would be making. The issue was whether or not I had the skills to do it. After several game projects, some of which have been released, I finally felt that I had... »

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

Another game that caught our eye from the upcoming Switch indies was Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure based on the culture of the Tarahumara people. After the Nindies showcase, we got in touch with the developers to learn a little more about Mulaka and what we can expect when it launches in 2018. The description for Mulaka mentions hand-to-hand combat, platforming, and puzzle-solving. How would you describe the core gameplay? What would you compare it to? Mulaka’s gameplay is being designed in a way that appeals to the biggest audience we can because we believe that the stories we’re telling deserve to be heard by many people. The game plays as a 3D action game with equal emphasis o... »

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

One of the most intriguing upcoming Switch games shown at the recent Nindies showcase was Earth Atlantis, a side-scrolling shooter from Pixel Perfex set in an underwater world. After seeing the trailer, we got in touch with the developer to learn more about the game and spoke with Anucha Aribarg, the director and designer of Earth Atlantis. Earth Atlantis is a side-scrolling shooter that combines arcade-style shooting with “Metroidvania” exploration elements, along with a focus on defeating large enemies in an underwater world. That’s an interesting combination. What were your greatest inspirations for the premise and gameplay? We really like side-scrolling shmups. We played all the classic ... »

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

During the Nindies showcase, we were intrigued by the entertaining concept of Battle Chef Brigade from Trinket Studios. After the presentation, we got in touch with Trinket Studios to learn more about Battle Chef Brigade and its Switch release. Orcs, elves, and humans hunting for ingredients and then showing off their cooking prowess in a sort of fantasy Iron Chef? There must be a story there. What inspired you for the premise of Battle Chef Brigade? We spent quite a long time brainstorming ideas and really struggled to come up with anything that excited us. After one particularly fruitless morning brainstorming session, we started making lunch and turned on the Food Network. We immediately ... »

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

A new indie game has made the Switch one of its primary goals of its Kickstarter campaign, a co-op action platformer called The Seashore from Boomerang Games. We recently got in touch with Boomerang Games to learn a little more about this upcoming game. According to your Kickstarter page, you specifically chose the Switch as a platform for The Seashore because of all the different ways the Switch can handle multiplayer. What do you see as the Switch’s biggest advantage for The Seashore? It goes way back to childhood when my friends and I just adored video games! We played in such hits as Megaman X, Super Castlevania IV, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Warioland, etc. We have done it e... »

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

On August 2, Upfall Studios announced that the turn-based dungeon crawler Quest of Dungeons would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version came out in Japan on August 10, and it will be released in other regions in the near future. We got in touch with Upfall Studios to speak with David Amador about Quest of Dungeons and learn more about the Switch version’s new content. Quest of Dungeons was released for many systems previously, including the 3DS and Wii U. Was a Switch version something you had in mind from the moment the console was announced? The Switch was announced around 20 days after the release of Quest of Dungeons on Wii U/3DS, the fact that it was both portable a... »

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